Thanksgiving is still warm in the grave (and your microwave) and yet here we are, already staring into the abyss of Christmas and all its wonder and joy! I’m guessing most events this month will be holiday-centric, so I’ve put together a special section just for that, with regular events still going on, too, including the Hypercars exhibit opening at the Petersen and some more captivating programs from the Holocaust Museum LA. Small Business Saturday is also happening this weekend on November 27, so be sure to shop small in Larchmont Village, around Los Angeles, and everywhere!
Arts & (Car) Culture
November’s Hitchcock Fest will wrap up this week at the historic Hollywood Legion Theater on Saturday, November 27, with two showings on the same day. First, Teresa Wright and Joseph Cotten star in Shadow of a Doubt at 4 p.m. Watch as a teenage girl dis overjoyed when her favorite uncle comes to visit the family in their quiet California town, then slowly begins to suspect that he is in fact the “Merry Widow” killer. Then, at 7 p.m., watch Cary Grant and Joan Fontaine in Suspicion ,on 35mm film. Bite the rest of your gel manicure off while you watch a shy young heiress marry a charming gentleman and then begins to suspect he’s planning to murder her. Ticket prices vary; indoor theater open to fully vaccinated guests only.
This is also the last weekend to catch one of the world’s largest auto shows, the LA Auto Show at the LA Convention Center, which will come to a close this Sunday, November 28. Browse through a convention center-sized display of the latest and greatest in auto tech, cars, trucks, SUVs, electric vehicles and more. Enjoy free test drives, interactive drive experiences, virtual reality and gaming, and a chance to support kids with cancer through the Never Ever Give Up (NEGU) foundation. Ticket prices vary by age and entry time; kids under 6 are free. (Also, don’t forget that there are no cash-based ticket sales this year – all tickets must be purchased in advance online, or with a credit card at an on-site kiosk.)
For even more cars, a soirée is afoot at the Petersen Automotive Museum on December 2 from 5:30-9:30 p.m. The Hypercars Opening Reception promises guests an evening of allure and extreme speeds as the museum opens its “fastest exhibition of the year,” featuring more than 18 high-performance vehicles from makers such as Bugatti, Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Koenigsegg. Enjoy hosted cocktails as you listen to some of the top builders, collectors, and sellers discuss the attraction of hypercars. General Admission tickets are $75; VIP tickets are $200 (members get a 25% discount) and include an exclusive cocktail reception, catered food and open bar, swag bag, and keepsake.
Christmas and Hanukkah and Holiday Cheer
Of course, the holiday shopping season kicks off bigtime with Black Friday today, but tomorrow is Small Business Saturday, perhaps even more important for highlighting our own local merchants. Celebrations and specials we’ve heard about so far include the 13th Annual Thrifty Thirty Sale (with special holiday nibbles for customers and a “great variety of items for just $30 each) at Shopaholic Sample Sales, today through Sunday at 234 N. Larchmont…BOGO (buy one get one free) ice cream scoops at Salt & Straw, Saturday only at 240 N. Larchmont…free refreshments (including hot cider and cold wine) from 2-5 p.m. Saturday at Landis Gifts and Stationery, 584 N. Larchmont Blvd...$100 off gift certificate orders of $500 or more at Healing Hands, 414 N. Larchmont…and, finally, “holiday cheer,” with spot sales and discounts over the course of the weekend at Village Heights, 122 1/2 N. Larchmont Blvd. (the store is fully stocked with both Hanukkah and Christmas gifts, and you can find updates on its Instagram feed).
Also in the small business shopping vein, though not on Larchmont, you could check out the Record Parlor’s sale of more than 8,000 vinyl LPs and 45s (and a set of pristine Technics turntables) from the collection of DJ J-Funk. The sale started a few days ago, but continues running through Monday, November 29, from 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., at 6408 Selma Ave. in Hollywood.
For other kinds of weekend entertainment, the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and For The Record presents Love Actually Live, the multimedia concert celebration of the beloved holiday film, back by popular demand. Film and live action seamlessly weave together with exceptional staging and state-of-the-art video design, an all-star cast of singers, and a live orchestra. The show will preview Saturday, November 27-30, at a slightly discounted cost of $35 – $105, and run all December long. This production features some adult content; not recommended for kids under 13. Guests must be fully vaccinated or show a negative test; mask also required. Tickets after opening range from $39 – $125.
Next, the Hollywood Christmas Parade is back! Associated Television International and The City of Los Angeles presents The 89th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade Supporting Marine Toys for Tots. Come celebrate the start of the Christmas season on Sunday, November 28 at 6:00 p.m. as the parade returns to the streets of Hollywood. Sheryl Underwood, host on The Talk, will be the Grand Marshal of the parade, and will ride alongside celebrities, movie cars, bands from around the country, dazzling equestrians, larger-than-life character balloons, colorful floats, and the man of the season himself – Santa Claus! VIP Grandstand seats are still available at $85 each (kids under 16 are half price), but hurry, they’ll only be setting up three bleachers this year. The route starts at Hollywood and Orange, goes east to Vine, and ends on Sunset and Orange.
The seven-production Ahmanson Theatre season opens with a not-to-miss holiday classic, A Christmas Carol! on Tuesday, November 30, with performances through January 1. Tony award-winning playwright Jack Thorne and director Matthew Warchus bring a “magical” new interpretation of Charles Dickens’ timeless story to the stage, starring Emmy Award-winning actor Bradley Whitford as Ebenezer Scrooge. Winner of five Tony Awards, and the most awarded play of the season, this New York Times Critics’ Pick welcomes theatregoers of all ages into an “immersive experience that is brimming with Christmas spirit.” Ticket prices and showtimes vary.
The Holidays have arrived at ROW DTLA! All December long enjoy beauty and spa giveaways, live holiday music, festive window displays, weekly sip & shops, and the chance to help those in need. From November 27 – December 31 you’ll have the opportunity to shop the Downtown Women’s Center Pop Up and help empower women to break the cycle of homelessness. Your purchases help fund the center’s career training and mentorship programs. Every weekend (in December) ROW will also be collecting donations at The Giving Tree to give to LA Mission. Bring canned foods, lightly worn clothing and unopened personal care products. Open daily 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
And for those of you that celebrate Hanukkah, be sure to tune-in to a special Hanukkah art-making workshop Art and the Miracle of Light, presented by the Holocaust Museum LA on Wednesday, December 1 at 4:30 p.m. This virtual family program hosted by Holocaust survivor Gabriella Karin will teach families how to draw a hanukkiah while she shares her story of survival. Born in Bratislava, Gabriella was hidden in a convent during the Holocaust and became an artist after the war. Today, she shares a message of hope and resilience with young people through her storytelling and the art she creates. Click here to register.
Lastly for the holidays this week…I’ve actually been looking for something a little different and festive to do with my friends and their kids, and I think this might be the winner. LA Zoo Lights at the Los Angeles Zoo has returned, and will delight people of all ages from now through January 9. Stroll through a lit up wonderland filled with hand-crafted and high-tech glowing animals, the world’s largest illuminated pop-up storybook, a magical disco ball forest, giant glittering snowflakes, and a twinkling, color-swirled tunnel. Tickets range from $15-$24; open from 6-10 p.m.
History & Community
Two more captivating webinars hosted by the Holocaust Museum LA this week, starting on Tuesday, November 30 with Inside the (Acid-Free) Box: Helga Blumenfeld’s Hidden Artifacts webinar at 4 p.m. (get tickets here). Helga was born in Berlin in 1925 and while held at a concentration camp in Czechoslovakia, she secretly carried with her a few precious personal items, including her mother’s prayer book and a photo of her parents, which she hid in the ceiling of her barracks. Hear the incredible story of survival behind these unique artifacts.
Then, on Thursday, December 2 at 11 a.m. listen to Survivor Talk with Holocaust survivor Sally Frishberg. Born in Poland in 1934, Sally, just 8 years old, went into hiding with her family. At first they hid in fields, but were ultimately taken in (all 15 of them) by a Polish Catholic farmer until the end of the war in 1945. Click here to register for this free webinar.
And finally, you can start a new holiday tradition with the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles on Friday, December 3 from 6-9 p.m. for Cocktails in Historic Places at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel’s Gallery Bar. This no-host cocktail party is a regular occurrence for members, who meet once a month at different historic hotels with bars, but this one is open to all and no reservations are required. The Biltmore opened in 1923 and was the largest hotel west of Chicago. This gorgeous soon-to-be-100-year-old hotel, with its lavish holiday décor, is the perfect place to kick off the holiday season. The gathering is free, but food and drinks are on you. All guests must be fully vaccinated.
The Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council begins the week on Monday, November 29 from 7-9 p.m. with a Transportation Committee meeting (click here for details and supporting documents) and ends with a Resilience Committee meeting on Wednesday, December 1 from 7-8:30 p.m. (click here for details and supporting documents).
The Mid City West Neighborhood Council also starts off on Monday, November 29 from 7-9 p.m. with the Executive Council meeting (click here for details and agenda) and wraps up on Thursday, December 2 from 6:30-9 p.m. with the Planning and Land Use Committee (click here for details and agenda).